Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ran out of cash last Friday and never had time to stop and get more. No problem since I have my trusty debit card. It's like a little cash security blanket.

I had to go to Kohl's last night which is right by my credit union, so I pulled into the ATM lane to get some cash. I put my card in backwards and it got stuck, but I was able to pull it back out. That is what we writers refer to as foreshadowing. I turned the card around, reinserted it and THE MACHINE KEPT MY CARD! WTF?!

I pulled out and sped into the still open drive-thru lanes where the "helpful" teller told me that the credit union does not service that ATM (once again, WTF?!) and I would have to go inside and get a new card. Of course, by now the lobby was closed.

Ergo, I have no cash. I have no debit card. I can't buy gas. I can't buy fast food. I can't get cash without actually getting out of my car, walking into a grocery store, standing in line and writing a check. I had to purchase birthday presents last night on my Mastercard which I paid off last month, so I don't even get to receive a Mastercard statement showing a zero balance which I was really looking forward to.

I love my debit card. I miss you debit card, my trusty companion.

Rat bastard ATM machine.

8 comments:

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Oh, what a nightmare! We pay for everything here with our debit card. I don't know what I'd do without mine. Hope you are reunited soon.

Susan in St. Paul said...

I just hate that, it hasn't happened to me in years but I remember the feeling.

I get most of my debit card cash from Walgreen's when I make a purchase and get cash back. There you just swipe the card, so the machine can't eat it, though I am sure it wants to ;-)

Laurie said...

Just - I got a new one yesterday, but it doesn't activate for 24 hours!

Laurie said...

Susan - Every time I use a machine that swallows my card until my transaction is over, I hold my breath. Now, I'm going to be extra paranoid. I guess I better start doing the cash back thing more often. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think that machine sucked in the card. Did they put a new machine?

baby sis:

Laurie said...

Baby Sis - I didn't either.

Lorna said...

this is why I love you....

Laurie said...

Lorna - I love you, too!